Vaccine critics blast mercury report
June 3, 2004
By Maggie Fox
Source: IOL (Reuters)

Washington - Several members of Congress who believe that vaccines can cause autism in children criticised an official report meant to lay such fears to rest, saying on Wednesday they do not believe the findings.

The Institute of Medicine report last month was the final in a series of investigations into vaccine safety. It was meant to answer concerns about whether vaccines or the mercury-based preservatives in them can cause autism.

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New Report Bolsters Fluoride-Cancer Link
by Michael Connett
May 20, 2004

The evidence that fluoride may cause cancer has just become substantially stronger.

In the May 19th issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, a 12-year follow-up study of workers in the cryolite industry confirms earlier reports of a link between occupational fluoride exposure and bladder & lung cancer.

In the May 19th paper, the authors - Dr. Philippe Grandjean & Jorgen Olsen – report:

“We previously reported the cancer morbidity from 1943 through 1987 for 422 male cryolite workers employed for more than 6 months at the mill from 1924 through 1961. We observed excess incidences of primary cancer of the lungs and of urinary bladder tumors (including bladder papilloma)... We have now extended the follow-up of this cohort by 12 years, at the end of which the total percentage of cohort members who had died exceeded 90%. These findings amplify our previous observation of increased bladder cancer rates among cryolite workers... We therefore believe that fluoride should be considered a possible cause of bladder cancer and a contributory cause of primary lung cancer.

This study is extremely important for a number of reasons.

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Glaxo faces drug fraud lawsuit
Firm accused of keeping back negative trial results

David Teather in New York and Sarah Boseley
Thursday June 3, 2004
Source: The Guardian

Britain's biggest drug company, GlaxoSmithKline, is facing fraud charges in the United States for allegedly concealing information that its leading antidepressant caused suicidal behaviour among children and teenagers during clinical trials.

The civil lawsuit, filed by the combative and popular New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer, claims that the company suppressed the results of at least four different studies that showed the drug, called Paxil in the US and Seroxat in the UK, at best was no more effective than a placebo and at worst was harmful. At the same time the company was said to be promoting the drug heavily to American doctors boasting of its efficacy and safety.

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New ADHD drug launched in UK
Thursday, 3 June, 2004, 01:17 GMT 02:17 UK
Source: BBC News

Children with ADHD find it hard to concentrate
A new drug to treat ADHD - attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - has been licensed for use in the UK.

The launch will reignite the debate about whether it is right to use drugs to control the condition, thought to affect around 5% of children.

The drug, atomoxetine, has been welcomed as an alternative treatment if existing drugs do not help.

But some experts say diet should be used to manage children's symptoms instead.

Unlike currently available drugs, atomoxetine, which will be available on prescription from July, is not a stimulant, and therefore is unlikely to carry a potential for abuse.

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Calls For Congressional Investigation Into Thimerosal

By Melissa Ross
First Coast News - - [ Start Video ]

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Jacksonville attorney Alan Pickert calls thimerosal "the new asbestos."

"The parallels are absolutely there. Right now, there are a few brave doctors crying in the wilderness that thimerosal is a major health concern. It was the same way for years with asbestos. Just a few doctors raising the alarm. At the same time, I can't tell you how many corporate executives, other doctors, attorneys, the whole bunch, would fight me, saying 'Only kooks think asbestos causes cancer!'"

He pauses. "Of course, history has proven them wrong, and in the end that will be the outcome with this issue, too."

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Is food endangered by additives?
By LIZ KOCH
SPECIAL TO THE SENTINEL
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

Ever since the Campbell’s soup people convinced America they could make soup "better" than Grandma, some of us actually believed packaged foods were equivalent to our own home-cooked meals. From there we moved into convenience or "fast food," delivered to our cars in seconds.

But as people less and less prepare food from scratch, relying on packaged food and fast foods as their main sources of nutrition, we are seeing the results in our current health-care crisis.

Ed Bauman, director of the Bauman College nutrition and natural chef training programs, will speak on this topic Thursday at Way of Life in Capitola.

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Fluoride - an unproven drug at uncontrolled dosage - Greens
Thursday, May 20
Source: Politics.ie

Commenting on the current levels of fluoridation in Irish drinking water and the fact that Ireland is the only country in Europe with a mandatory fluoridation policy. Cllr. Mary White, Green Party Deputy Leader and European Candidate for the East, said today that, "If doctors were able to prescribe to patients a medially active, unproven drug at an uncontrolled dosage without measuring side effects we would think that the medical system had gone mad. However, through water fluoridation, that is exactly what is happening to us here in Ireland."

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Fluoride fallout: Council recommends fluoridated water issue for ballot initiative
By Meghan Vogel The Times-Standard
June 03, 2004
Source: Times-standard.com

ARCATA -- It's too big of an issue for just five people to decide.

That was the consensus of the Arcata City Council after a nearly three-hour discussion on the city's almost 50-year-old Fluoride Program. The council had been asked to review, discuss and possibly repeal the program, which has added fluoride to the city's water since 1956.

After hearing testimony from about 30 people on both sides of the issue -- those opposed to fluoridated water and those for it -- the councilmembers unanimously decided the issue should be left for the people to decide. The council recommended those concerned about the fluoride in the city's water come up with a ballot initiative, which could be voted on in November.

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Glaxo Shares Under Fire As $400 MM Lawsuit Looms
By Mickey Clark
06/04/04 12:05 AM PT
Source: E-commerce Times

Spitzer accuses GSK of assuring doctors that the drug was safe for children to take while withholding research that indicated it was ineffective and in some case could lead to depression and even suicide. Early estimates say Glaxo's potential liability relating to Paxil could be almost US$400 million.

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Pharm Crop Products In US Market
The Institute of Science in Society - ISIS
Press Release 26/05/04

Prof. Joe Cummins discovers that dangerous GM pharmaceutical crops have been produced and marketed in the United States for at least two years, unbeknownst to the public, via a gaping loophole in the regulatory process.

A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members' website. Details here.

There has been a great deal of public opposition recently to the testing of rice genetically modified to produce the human proteins lysozyme and lactoferrin in the United States. So far, those tests have been stalled (see SiS 22).

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